LRCOG News & Updates
Our Mission
"In its dedication to regional excellence, the Lumber River Council of Governments is
proactive in identifying local and regional needs and the resources to address
those needs in an effective and fair manner."
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Area Agency on Aging
Nutrition Program

Region N Nutrition Providers continue to serve the older adults in our region during this unprecedented time.
Bladen Division on Aging
LRCOG Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Robeson & Scotland Counties)
Richmond County Aging Services
Senior Services of Hoke County

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!
North Carolina In Phase 2.5
Playgrounds can open, mass gathering limits are increased, and museums and gyms may open at limited occupancy.
Public Schools Now Able to Implement Plan A for
Elementary Schools
Governor Cooper Announces Nearly $40 million to Connect Students and Communities to High-Speed Internet, Help Educators With Remote Learning
COVID-19 and FEMA Public Assistance

The interim FEMA policy (COVID-19 Pandemic: Work Eligible for Public Assistance) states that for work performed on or after September 15, 2020 FEMA will only consider the activities listed within this policy as eligible emergency protective measures.  
This policy dictates that activities related to reopening and increased operating costs will not be considered eligible for Public Assistance funding. The below are a list of activities that FEMA considers to be ineligible for Public Assistance funding in response to COVID-19: 
  • Reopening of schools
  • Funding for PPE, Cloth Facial Coverings, disinfecting and temperature scanning for the regular operation of schools and other public facilities is not eligible for FEMA reimbursement.
  • Disinfection of facilities while they are closed and not in use, that have been closed for more than 7 days, or outdoor facilities receiving direct sunlight
  • Increased operating costs of government facilities / services including courthouses, prisons, utilities, public housing, or recreation, etc., including PPE, regular cleaning, facility retrofits (plexiglass), and technology for virtual support
  • General costs associated with implementing social distancing or other community mitigation approaches in public places or public facilities
  • Contact tracing
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Orders The Suspension Of Evictions

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has ordered the suspension of evictions for nonpayment of rent, fees, and other charges until December 31, 2020. The order applies to evictions for nonpayment of rent. Tenants facing evictions for nonpayment of rent must make below a certain income and meet other factors set out by the CDC. This order does not apply to foreclosures.
Webinar: Fiduciary Responsibilities
for Local Elected Officials
Oct. 15 | 10 a.m. - Noon | Online
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
North Carolina COVID-19 Information Hub
COVID-19 Region IV IRC Portal
The Region IV COVID-19 IRC Team has launched its new COVID-19 Region IV IRC Portal. The portal has been designed as a repository for region-specific and important COVID-19 guidance. It contains all the information previously found in IRC Advisories such as Events, Webinars, Financial Resources, School Information, Articles of Interest, and much more. The portal is live 24/7 and is updated regularly.

To access the COVID-19 Region IV IRC Portal, click the link below. At the Connecting window, click cancel. Then log in as a Guest on the COVID-19 Region IV IRC Portal webpage.
North Carolina
Broadband Survey
Dashboard of Response Data, sortable by County
COVID-19 and North Carolina Utilities: Impact Assessment of the Coronavirus Pandemic on North Carolina Water and Wastewater Utilities
Funding Opportunities
NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program
The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program now allows businesses to borrow up to $250,000 with no payments and 0.25 percent interest for the first 18 months. The loan’s terms have also changed from a 60-month repayment term to a 102-month repayment term. We are urging small businesses and family farms in need of assistance to consider applying for this program to sustain or adapt their business to the realities of the pandemic.

The application deadline for this program is October 15, 2020.
For information about eligibility, loan terms, and necessary documentation, visit the NC Rapid Recovery FAQs page. For data highlights and to read stories about business owners who have received a Rapid Recovery loan, visit our News & Updates page.
Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Program (CDBG-CV)
The North Carolina CDBG-CV Program is designed to help units of local government respond to and recover from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. The program will assist non-entitlement areas across the state, which include incorporated municipalities under 50,000 and counties under 200,000 in population, by supporting public service, public facilities, and special economic development activities. N.C. Commerce will award CDBG-CV funds on a first-come, first-served basis with a focus on local needs identified by the community in collaboration with state and local health officials.

The Department of Commerce began accepting applications on September 1, 2020. 

(Important Notice: Our application is only to be used by local governments. We are unable to accept requests from individuals in need of personal assistance with rent or utility payments. For help with rent or utility payments for your family, you can call the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency toll-free at 833-ASK-RBNC. You can also send them an email.)
NC Department of Commerce Accepting Applications from Businesses and Nonprofits Hurt by COVID-19

While the CDBG-CV program is being planned, non-entitlement local units of government are encouraged to apply for the NC Neighborhood Revitalization Program (CDBG-NR) to assist with local needs identified by the community in collaboration with state and/or local health officials to prepare, prevent, and respond to the Coronavirus. Projects could include, but are not limited to, stabilizing housing, rehabilitating homes for vulnerable populations, and re-purposing buildings into patient treatment centers. Please note that NR does not include any CARES Act funds, but rather using the regular CDBG program funding.
Additional Funding Opportunity

The Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) Program funds the terrestrial deployment of broadband within unserved areas of economically distressed counties. The grants help bring high-speed internet to thousands of North Carolinians, businesses and farms in the most rural and remote areas of the state. These areas include both Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties as well as rural census tracts located in development Tier 3 areas that are currently served by less than 25 megabytes per second download and 3 megabytes per second upload speeds.

The grants are available to private broadband service providers and are designed to connect these areas with broadband as quickly as possible.

Homeowner Recovery Program

If your home was damaged by Hurricane Florence or Matthew, ReBuild NC may be able to help. The Homeowner Recovery Program provides assistance to repair, reconstruct, replace or elevate your home or reimburse you for completed repairs. You can participate even if you have received funds from other sources; you must include that information in your application.

To start, complete your application online or call 833-ASK-RBNC to make an appointment to complete your application at a local ReBuild NC Center. ReBuild NC sends an inspector to assess your home’s damage and determine if repair, reconstruction or elevation is needed, or if you qualify for reimbursement. Once you are approved, ReBuild NC assigns a contractor to your project. Through every step, ReBuild NC is here to answer all your questions and keep you informed.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments so they can rebuild in a way that reduces, or mitigates, future disaster losses in their communities. This grant funding is available after a presidentially declared disaster.

Find resources for state, local, tribal and territorial governments. In this program, individuals can apply for a grant through a local community.
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant

The Flood Mitigation Assistance Program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to states, local communities, federally-recognized tribes and territories. Funds can be used for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program.

FEMA chooses recipients based on the applicant’s ranking of the project and the eligibility and cost-effectiveness of the project.

FEMA requires state, local, tribal and territorial governments to develop and adopt hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for hazard mitigation assistance projects. For more information, go the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance.
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. BRIC is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program.

The BRIC program guiding principles are supporting communities through capability- and capacity-building; encouraging and enabling innovation; promoting partnerships; enabling large projects; maintaining flexibility; and providing consistency.
Economic Development Administration Announces Notice of Funding Opportunity for the STEM Talent Challenge

EDA is seeking applications from eligible applicants to create and implement innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) apprenticeship models that complement their respective region’s innovation economy.

The STEM Talent Challenge seeks to develop or expand regional workforce capacity to support high-growth, high-wage entrepreneurial ventures, industries of the future (which usually includes industries that leverage emerging technologies), and other innovation driven businesses that have a high likelihood of accelerating economic competitiveness and job creation in their respective regions and in the United States.
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